A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David Pike
Date: 2017 Dec 16, 00:42 -0800
The last couple of mornings have been very clear. The rear of my house gives good views to the east and south. Yesterday morning,
This morning, 16th December, I decided to get up slightly earlier to see if I could see both Mars and Jupiter. Upon opening the curtains, the Moon was still sickle shaped, Jupiter was very bright, but it was already too light to see Mars.
Therefore, I decided to take a closer look at Jupiter through a pair of poor quality x10 binoculars purchased for pennies from a junk shop. To my surprise, I spotted another body, the same yellow colour as Jupiter, lower, and to its left.
‘Navigator’ predicts that the only body anywhere near this position was Zubenelgenubi (which all my fellow nav students in the 1960s wished to observe one day, simply because of its name). However, its magnitude was +2.9. My question is, could I possibly have seen a +2.9 magnitude star from the surface of the Earth well into morning twilight with x10 binoculars. If so, it would be a first for me, and I can tick Zuben’ubi in my ‘I spy stars’ book. DaveP